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Iran played role in choosing Mareed as Nineveh governor: observers

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Politicians and observers have criticized choosing Mansour al-Mareed as the new governor of Nineveh, asserting that Iran had a role in this process, which contradicted the will of the people of the province.

Nineveh's former governor Atheel al-Nujaifi said that selecting Mareed as the new governor promoted Iran's penetration into the province.

Nujaifi affirmed that he does not reject Mareed in person. However, he voiced rejection on the Nineveh provincial council, which finished its legitimate term, adding that it is a corrupt council that is not qualified to represent the people of Nineveh.

"We also object to the parties that bought this post in exchange for cash provided to some members of the Council," Nujaifi added.

Iran was responsible for bringing former expelled governor Nawfal al-Aakoub to govern the province, Nujaifi said, adding that choosing Mareed completes the strategy set by Iran. He noted that Mareed is personally better than Akoub. However, both are supported by the same party.

Dismissing Akoub

In March, the Iraqi Parliament voted to sack Akoub and his deputies after a ferry capsized in Mosul in March in the River Tigris, reportedly killing almost 100 people.

Nineveh's investigations court said Akoub and many other officials were suspected of misusing their powers and wasting public money.

Aakoub denied that an arrest warrant was issued against him or that he faces a travel ban, refuting alleged judicial documents uncovered by a parliament member.

Akoub said that he cannot travel outside Iraq because his passport expired, adding that he is currently in his house in Erbil, which everyone knows its place. He affirmed that he is not intending to leave Iraq.

Selecting Mareed amid condemnation


A number of 28 members out of 39 members of the Nineveh provincial council, who participated in the vote on the Nineveh governor post's candidate, voted in favor of Mareed. Also, Sirwan Mohammed of the Kurdistan Democratic Party was chosen as the first deputy governor.

Nineveh MP Falah Zidanclaimed that some of the council's members received bribes to vote for a certain candidate and announce the results to the public.

He called on the three presidencies of Iraq, represented by the parliament speaker, the prime minister and the president of the republic, to dissolve the current provincial council.

Former Iraqi prime minister Haidar al-Abadi wrote an angry tweet, after Nineveh provincial council voted in favor of Mareed as the new governor, triggering controversy and bribery accusations.

"The corrupt [people] attempts to bring backwards Nineveh, the dear to our hearts, which our heroes sacrificed to liberate it from terrorism, oppress their people and sell their interests," Abadi said.

"Nineveh will remain free, lofty and disobedient to the corrupt, as it was disobedient to terrorism," he added.
Last Modified: Tuesday، 21 May 2019 02:49 AM
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